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2014 Legislative Session underway As we enter the second week of the 2014 legislative session I can’t help but notice how different this session looks compared to last year. At the beginning of last year’s session the talk in Olympia was all about budget deficits, the need for tax increases and the failure of... Read More...
Brown pleased by 8th District tele-town hall turnout More than 3,100 Tri-Cities residents join legislators for community conversation The first question asked during Thursday night’s 8th Legislative District telephone town hall came from a Kennewick resident named John, who wanted to know how Gov. Jay Inslee’s plan to increase “green” fuel standards would impact the local economy. That... Read More...
Public weighs in on Brown’s bill to lower energy costs, create jobs SB 6058 would allow hydro efficiency improvements to count as renewable under state’s Energy Independence Act Washingtonians pay millions of dollars each year for improvements that generate hydroelectricity more efficiently. According to those testifying before the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee today, those investments should be recognized as an... Read More...
Brown to continue work on regulatory reform New performance audit echoes senator’s call for quicker, more predictable permitting State Senator Sharon Brown today called on her colleagues in the state Legislature to continue efforts to improve the permitting process for Washington employers, citing a new performance audit released by the State Auditor’s Office (SAO). “Last session, I... Read More...
Tri-City Herald: Study to look at Tri-City-area small nuclear reactor The Tri-City Development Council is seeking bids to study the possible benefits of building a small modular nuclear reactor system at the Hanford nuclear reservation. Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, made a successful budget request during the past state legislative session for $500,000 to study the manufacturing and advancement of small... Read More...
Bridges to a Better Government E-Newsletter for June 30, 2013 I fought hard to represent our district and as a result, Delta High School will receive $5.4 million in new funding. Delta is a shining example of a leader in statewide education. Their focus on the key STEM education areas (science, technology, engineering, and math) and ability to weave English,... Read More...
Brown praises budget deal’s investment in education, job creation State lawmakers announced a budget agreement Thursday that included a billion-dollar investment in K-12 education and a number of reforms to state government. In addition, 8th District Sen. Sharon Brown said she’s pleased that two of her regulatory streamlining bills will also be signed by the Governor before the end... Read More...
Brown’s job-creating reform bills pass unanimously in Senate The state Senate today made it clear that helping private businesses create jobs in Washington remains a top priority, passing two comprehensive economic-development reform bills sponsored by Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick. Senate Bill 5679 and Senate Bill 5718 will help reduce the regulatory and clerical burdens faced by private business... Read More...